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Burial Ban Lifted in N.Y.
Human ashes can continue to be buried in pet cemeteries

Many animal lovers want their final resting place to be next to their beloved pets. In New York, over 500 people's ashes have been buried at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in its 115-year history. Earlier this year, the practice was threatened when the state's Division of Cemeteries banned the burial of human ashes in pet cemeteries. There was a public outcry, especially among those who had already purchased plots for this purpose.

Well there's finally good news. The Division of Cemeteries announced this month that they will back off the burial ban.

The cemetery owners believe that a potential lawsuit being developed by Taylor York was the ultimate reason that the Division decided to change their mind.

York's uncle buried his wife, bunny, and two Maltese dogs at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery. When he passed away in April, the family was unable to bury him with his wife and furry kids due to the new ban. This prompted York to prepare a lawsuit against the state of New York.

I'm glad to hear that the ban was lifted. Although I don't have plans to be buried with my pets, I feel adamant that this should be an option for animal lovers.

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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